Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sparkly Runner's Ultimate Playlist Part I

Ok, ok, so this might not be the ultimate playlist, but it's gotten me through lots and lots of miles. I wish I could say that I was one of those hardcore runners that doesn't need music to work out. But sadly, I am not.

Music has always been a big part of my life. Both of my parents are musically inclined- I have fond memories of my dad playing the guitar while us three kids sang along. All of us ended up in chorus/band/theatre. My brother is actually a music performance minor/performing arts major- I think he's pretty talented :-) You can see some of his work here.

I've always believed in the power of music- it's what I turn to on my best- and worst- days. It's almost like therapy. So naturally, music has a significant role in my running. Since I started running/racing, I've found what songs work for me. Some distract me, some make me move faster, some just motivate me.

My taste in music is....eclectic. There are nine hours of music on my ipod, mainly because I always like to have a different playlist when I run. Hence the name of this post; it's labeled "Part 1" because there will be more in the future. The following list is just a small sample of my ridiculous playlist. Maybe something here will interest you, maybe you'll just judge me :-) Either way, enjoy!

Sparkly Runner's Ultimate Playlist Part I (aka, Some of My Favorite Songs to Run To)

Britt Nicole, Gold

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Runnin' Down a Dream
The Ting-Tings, Shut Up and Let Me Go

Janelle Monae, Dance Apocalyptic

Fleetwood Mac, Tusk and Nicki Minaj, Check It Out

Michael Jackson, Leave Me Alone

Olly Murs, Dance With Me Tonight featuring Justin Bieber, #thatPOWER

Bastille, Pompeii

QOTD: What's your go-to running song?


  1. Oooh these are some new ones. I'm on the hunt for some new jams so I'll be checking these out! :) My current jam is Betty Who - Somebody Loves You (the Home Depot proposal song).

    1. I haven't heard that one! I'll have to look it up- thanks for the suggestion!

  2. I have tons of 90s music on my playlist. All of it has awesome beats that help with tempo!

    1. I'll have to download some more 90's! I love it when a song comes on and I'm able to pick up the pace to match the beat :-)

  3. As geeky as it may be, my favorite running tune is the theme from the Superman movies. When it comes up at a sluggish point, it just lifts me up enough to get through.

    1. I have the training montage from Rocky IV on my playlist :-)